Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Main suspect charged with murder after New Zealand mosque shootings

Main suspect charged with murder after New Zealand mosque shootings

Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed.

Forty-nine people have been killed and a further 20 injured in the shootings, which took place at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Tarrant was arrested in a vehicle, which police said was carrying improvised explosive devices, 36 minutes after they were first called. Regardless of whether terrorist attacks are perpetrated by white or Islamist extremists, their narratives must not be enabled through whataboutery.

The attacks on two mosques by a right-wing terrorist left 49 people dead. Police say that this person was a member of the public armed with a gun with the intention of assisting officers. Following the attack, New Zealand's national security level was changed from "low" to "high".

"Its important to be here standing with you because as Prime Minister Ardern said yesterday, an attack against one is an attack against all of us", Mr Morrison told reporters.

"They were not on any watchlists either here or in Australia", she said. Eleven people remained in intensive care, hospital authorities said.

"London stands with the people of Christchurch in the face of this horrific terror attack", he said.

In Australia, which is seen as culturally similar to New Zealand and has lively farming and hunting communities, the catalyst for outlawing high-powered weapons was the shooting of 35 people at Port Arthur in Tasmania in 1996. Indonesian Muslim leaders expressed anger at the shooting rampage while urging Muslims to show restraint. In a 74-page hate-filled manifesto published a few days before the massacre, purportedly written by Tarrant, he said he wanted demonstrate that "nowhere in the world is safe".

"The mere fact. that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I'm committing to that", she said.

Ardern, who flew to Christchurch on Saturday, said she had spoken to Trump, who had asked how he could help. "Lots of love for our Muslim brothers" read a handwritten card on a wall of flowers in a historic part of the city that stretched a full block.

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Political across Asia and the Middle East voiced concern over the targeting of Muslims.

Security at London mosques was hiked up yesterday after the New Zealand attacker said he was inspired by events in the United Kingdom and wanted Muslim London mayor Sadiq Kahn dead.

Most guns do not require registration under New Zealand's Arms Act and police do not know "how many legally or illegally owned firearms there are in New Zealand", according to a police statement past year.

Men and women from the New Zealand Muslim Association in Auckland flew to Christchurch to assist with the funeral rites, washing the bodies, wrapping them in white cloth and taking them to the cemetery.

"He had a big gun. There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque", he said. The staff member monitoring the accounts sent it to parliamentary services as soon as they saw it, who sent it to police, the spokesman said.

Twitter and Google, which owns YouTube, say they're working to remove any video of the shootings from their sites, as well.

Among the wounded, two were in a critical condition, including a four-year-old child.

Police presence in Christchurch and around the country was heightened while families arrived to streets near the mosques with tributes for the victims.

A website set up for victims had raised more than NZ$1 million ($684,000) in less than a day, and social media was flooded with messages of shock, sympathy and solidarity.

As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before.

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